You’ve heard who they are and why they’re fighting. But now that we’re over the halfway mark until the big night on October 10th, things have started to pick up a bit. Training is getting more intense. They’ve been punched in the face. Most have had a bloody nose here or there, their diets have changed, and boxing is becoming an everyday part of their lives. So we figured it was about time to check back in and see how things have been going. Sophie Morgan has been putting in work at EverybodyFights and below you’ll hear about her first time sparring and more about his experience with Haymakers thus far.

We’re halfway to fight night, how is your training coming along?
On a good day, training is great. On a bad day, I feel like I’ve never stepped foot in the ring. But I wouldn’t change the ups and downs. Nobody can prepare you for how mentally taxing the sport is, but pushing through the sessions where you’re exhausted, both physically and emotionally, are almost more rewarding.

What is your weekly routine?
I do mitt work three mornings each week, run three times and try to spar twice. We have team training Tuesday nights and it’s a great way to push each other and laugh about how tired and sore we are.

How has your diet changed since training began?
I used to eat at least 3 pints of ice cream and a bag of white chocolate chips (<333) a week... and I really miss it all. I’m definitely eating a lot more than I have before but it’s all really healthy. I’ve fallen in love with sugar snap peas, but pretty sure they’re just a placeholder until I get my desserts back.

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
It was a lot different than I expected. I was really good at hitting a heavy bag, but getting in the ring and having your target move (and throwback) was entirely different.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
I thought balancing my social life would be hard, but it has actually been balancing my work life. I have a pretty demanding job so I struggle with missing training sessions because of last minute assignments. There’s always something I could be doing to improve my boxing skills but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

What does your family think of your participation?
My parents are supportive to an extent. I think it’s hard for any parent to know their child is stepping in the ring and could potentially get hurt.

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